Mays campaigns for Bonds’ Hall of Fame…

SAN FRANCISCO — The plan was for Willie Mays to simply sit on the field with other Giants luminaries during Barry Bonds’ jersey retirement ceremony. And even after Mays requested to say a few words, they brought him a hand-held microphone so he could stay put.

But the Say Hey Kid, even at 87, still has range. He insisted on marching to the podium. “When I say something,” Mays told the crowd in that still boyish high-pitched voice, “I want everybody to hear it.”

By the time he was done, it was clear Mays wanted his message to be heard all the way to Cooperstown.

“On behalf of all the people in San Francisco, and all over the country, vote this guy in,” he said, openly campaigning for Bonds’ induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Former San Francisco Giants player Barry Bonds claps during his uniform number retirement ceremony before their game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at ATT Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 

Mays kept talking, but the rest of his sentence was drowned out by a roar of approval by 41,209 early arriving fans at ATT Park.

The cheer, and the many that followed, made it clear Saturday night that

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